Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting

Superstorm Sandy damaged the four buildings that make up the 1,025-bed Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital on New York's Roosevelt Island, and the hospital's six electrical services needed to be replaced and relocated.

The $16-million project consisted of designing and building four electrical service rooms in four areas of the hospital. As a preventative measure, these rooms were built on the first floor, above the flood plain, in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines. Existing office and storage rooms were demolished, and new fire-related electrical switchboard service rooms and four emergency power rooms with automatic transfer switches were built.

Fitting equipment and conduits in a building that was built in the 1950s and hadn't been renovated since the mid-1970s was one of the team's challenges. It also had to work through existing conduits that had to be repaired and maintain the temporary connections, which were made after the storm, so that no area of the hospital was without power.

The project team met daily with hospital staff to review progress and concerns and held weekly status meetings with Consolidated Edison and the New York City Health and Hospital Corp.

Working seven days a week in two shifts while the 600-patient facility remained operational, the team completed the project in just 78 days.

Coler Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing FacilityRoosevelt Island, N.Y.

Key Player

Owner/Developer New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

Owner Consultant Stantec Consulting

Construction Manager Gilbane Building Co.

Prime Contractor E-J Electric Installation Co.

Lead Design Firm Joint Venture of E-J Electric Installation Co., William F. Collins AIA Architects LLP and Jashar Engineering PC

Structural Engineer William F. Collins AIA Architects LLP

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